The 2007 WT20 champion India will begin their WT20 2016 journey against New Zealand at Nagpur in the Group 2 encounter on Tuesday as a host nation of the tournament. The main round of the tournament is also going to start from this match as it will be the 1st Super 10 stage match of WT20 2016. There are some records can be made or broken during this match. Some of them are briefly described in the following.
Some of them are briefly described in the following.
Records that can be made in the match between India and New Zealand in WT20 2016
- First win for India against New Zealand in T20I: As per betting markets, India is the favourite team for the game. If India succeeds to win this match, it will be the first time India achieve a victory against New Zealand in T20I. Till date, India has lost 4 T20Is against New Zealand while one T20I match was abandoned without a toss. (due to the rain). This time, India have a very good chance to break that jinx.
- Equalling in most consecutive T20I matches win: If India wins then they will unlock another achievement in T20I. If India beat New Zealand in this game, then India will equal England and Ireland in most consecutive T20I wins. Currently, England and Ireland jointly tops the list with 8 consecutive T20I matches win, while India is on a 7 match winning streak ahead of this match.
- Most wicket-taker for a country in WT20: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and New Zealand off-spinner Nathan McCullum have good chances to become most wicket-taker for their respective countries in WT20 if they manage to take 1 wicket each. Presently, R Ashwin is equal with Indian pacer Irfan Pathan and another Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh picking 16 wickets in WT20. Irfan Pathan is not in the squad while Harbhajan Singh has lesser chance to play the first game. If Harbhajan features in this match, then the fight will be on the ground between Ashwin and Harbhajan.
On the other hand, New Zealand off-spinner Nathan McCullum is also one wicket away from becoming the highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in WT20. Currently, Nathan has same wickets as former Kiwi left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori. Both are on 20 wickets each.
- Who will be the leader in most half-century for his country in WT20?: Like the above stat, the fight is also for the topping the charts for the most half-centuries by a player for his country in WT20. For India, the fight will be between the opener Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Both the batsmen have hit 6 half-centuries for India in the WT20 and they are joint toppers in this list.
On the other hand, Kiwi batsmen Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum are also joint toppers in their nation’s list with 3 half-centuries for New Zealand in WT20. Brendon McCullum had retired so there is a good chance for Ross Taylor to take over the record.
- Highest dismissals for a wicket-keeper for New Zealand in WT20: New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi is just 2 dismissals away from becoming the most successful New Zealand wicket-keeper in WT20. Currently, the most successful Kiwi wicket-keeper in WT20 is former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum who had 7 dismissals (6 catches, 1 stumping) in WT20. Luke Ronchi has already 6 dismissals (5 catches, 1 stumping) in WT20; so he will equal with 1 more dismissal. Against India, Ronchi has a good chance to achieve this record.